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Two hurt in crash of small plane

September 16, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — A Cessna aircraft crashed early Saturday afternoon near Bullhead Parkway between Silver Creek Road and Laughlin Ranch Boulevard.

The aircraft hit the ground at about 1 p.m., three-quarters of a mile east of the parkway in the desert.

There were no fatalities. However, two people were injured: one man and one woman, according to the Bullhead City Police Department.

The man was taken to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center for care.

The woman was trapped in the wreckage and complained of chest pain. First responders had to free her from the downed plane before she could be airlifted for treatment at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.

Neither of the people involved in the accident were identified by police.

The plane had left nearby Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport and was heading toward Phoenix at the time of the crash.

Because the aircraft came down in rough terrain far from the highway, volunteers arrived onsite with ATVs to help first responders more easily reach the patients.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, said Emily Fromelt, the police department’s public information officer who was on the scene taking questions from the media.

This is the second aircraft mishap to occur locally in less than a week. The airport was closed for several hours beginning late Tuesday after a plane landed without deploying its landing gear. No one was injured as a result. LBIA is a public use airport owned by Mohave County.

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